Railroad Engineering

Metallurgical Engineering

Railroad Litigation

Accident Reconstruction

Product Liability







Thomas E. Johnson, P.E.

Mr. Johnson holds a B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Tom is a licensed professional engineer. In addition, he is a certified accident reconstructionist (ACTAR # 1517).

In 1997, Tom Johnson founded the engineering consulting practice of Railroad & Metallurgical Engineering, Inc. Over 50 years of experience as an expert witness, metallurgical engineer and engineering department manager in the following industries: 40 years in railroad, 3 years in trucking, 3 years in auto and 5 years in steel making.

Mr. Johnson is a member and leader in numerous professional technical associations. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate level classes, Tom also speaks at professional conferences.


B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering, University of Minnesota

Graduate level Metallurgical Engineering courses at University of Minnesota

Graduate Level Mechanical Engineering Courses at University of Michigan

Graduate level MBA courses at Gannon University


Certified Accident Reconstructionist (ACTAR #1517), 2004-present

Licensed Professional Engineer, 1984-present

Depositions & Court Testimony

Almost 300 legal cases   |  Over 50 depositions   |   12 trial testimonies

Previous Employment

Horton Industries, Inc. – Vice President, Engineering

GE Transportation Systems – Component Design & Product Engineering Mgr.

The Bendix Corporation – Senior Metallurgist

Chrysler Corporation – Materials Development Engineer

North Star Steel – Project Metallurgist

Professional Associations

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), 1997-present

Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE). 1997-present

American Foundry Society (AFS), 1997-present

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), 1984-present

American Society for Metals (ASM), 1978-present

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 2007-present


Adjunct Faculty, Freight Railroads: Best Operating Practices, University of WI (Madison), 2008-present

Adjunct Faculty,  Mechanical Engineering  Dept. Gannon University, 1985-1993 , Introduction to Material Science class

Instructor, Metallurgy Class – St. Paul Technical Vocational Institute, 1976 – 1978

Lectures & Publications

“Locomotive Event Recorder Downloads”, presented at the 2020 EDR Summit Houston, TX, March 9-11,

“Railroad Forensics Seminar”, presented to the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers (MnSPE),
St. Paul, MN, March 16, 2016

“Derailment Investigation & Failure Analysis”, presented at the Annual Meeting, National Association of
Railway Safety Consultants and Investigators, Indianapolis, IN, October 4-5, 2013.

“MRRA Locomotive Retrofits”, Midwest Regional Railroad Association, Alexandria, MN, July 22, 2013

“Locomotive Developments in Fuel Consumption, Emissions, & Hybrid Designs,” National Association of
Railway Safety Consultants and Investigators, Chicago, IL, Sept. 20-21, 2012.

“Locomotive & Equipment Investigations,” National Association of Railway Safety Consultants and Investigators, Minneapolis, MN, September 15-17, 2011.

“Evidence Preservation Techniques”, presented at the National Association of Railway Safety Consultants and Investigators, Atlanta, GA, May 7, 2010.

“Characteristics and Applications of Motive Power,” presented at Freight Railroads: Best Operating Practices, 3 Days at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Sept 28 – 30, 2009.